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One of the showiest of all Penstemons, Beardtongue produces large, pink to lavender, horizontally arranged,
tubular flowers that are 2 inches long. Blooming in early summer, the striking blossoms attract bees, hummingbirds
and birds but are ignored by deer. This low maintenance wildflower is particularly spectacular when grown in drifts,
adding lovely vertical lines to the landscape. Best grown in full sun in dry to medium well-drained soils.
Attracts Butterflies, Honeybees, Hummingbirds& Pollinators!
Makes Great Cut Flowers!
Start at least 5 weeks before night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F)
range. Mix seed with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed
plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day. Repeat this for one week, alternating between the
fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not
soggy and very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall.
In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots) in pots and label
the pots. Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up.
Be sure to water the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.